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Online resources – Creativity Report

If you’re astrologically inclined, the astrology section of Tarot.com has a Creativity Report that offers insight into your personal approach to creativity. You’ll find the report under “Personal Insights” – and it’s fun to read the ‘Celebrity’ sample report for Pablo Picasso, too J

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My Pick of the Design Indaba 2008

There are still two days left of the Cape Town 2008 Design Indaba, so if you can get there, I heartily recommend it. I’m just back from a 3-hour walkaround, and here is my pick of the exhibitions.

Of course, with over 250 stands, all showcasing design of the highest quality, it’s all worth a look. The criteria for this selection was “it makes me smile” and all of the listed exhibitors raised a grin from me for one reason or another – listed simply in the order I encountered them.

Willow Lamp (stand B17) – I loved these beautiful and elegant beaded chandeliers www.willowlamp.com

Ibo Silver(A42) – intricate and delicate silver jewelry that struck me as having a sense of ceremony www.ibosilver.com

Bousquet Creations (A35) – fun, bold and colourful – really unique looking jewelry that reminded me of the ceramic work on display elsewhere (no web presence)

DME (Department of Mineral and Energies) (B23 – had a collection of incubator projects of great quality and design; Harmony Jewelry School (read more here) and Umfundiso (no web presence) stood out for me

YDA Walt (G27) – I enjoyed the felt bags with striking township-style images www.ydawalt.co.za

Hardware – Ernst Tolmie (A49) – Funky plastic jewelry – one of the Design Indaba ‘Emerging Creatives’ (no web presence)

Mingo Lamberti (A52a) – Great limited edition T-shirt designs (no web presence)

Kaross (A56) – beautifully embroidered textiles on bags, cushions; this is also an empowerment project – www.kaross.co.za

Woo-men Plush Toys (L3) – irresistibly huggable felt character-toys for kids of all ages www.woomen.co.za

Ba-Rok (A71) – Fabric art; I really liked the combination of symbols from different cultures (no web presence)

Gina Niderhumer (L17) – I liked the intimacy and collage look of these hand-stitched purses, cushions and other small items. (no web presence)

Will Designers Save the World? (J2 – J4) Woolworths schools design competition from recycled materials – I particularly liked the use of barrels to create bar-like integrated table-and chair (read more here)

ICON – CCDI (H1-H5) – The best of the Cape Craft and Design Institute crafters – www.capecraftanddesign.org.za

Ceramic Matters (C1) – witty use of ceramics for soft-looking doll-like sculptures (no web presence)

Duncan Larkin (N5) – Another ‘Emerging Creative’; beautifully drawn/painted canvases, definitely on the fine art side of design. (no web presence)

Mü&Me (G17) – comic-style notebooks, stickers, cards and wrapping sets http://muandme.net/

Interestingly, Creative Cape Town is running a “vote for your favourite stand” competition, which sharpened my focus, but I found that none of the stands stood noticeably head-and-shoulders above the rest – I recall two or three blinders from last year, so not sure why there weren’t any this year.

But all in all a fabulously stimulating experience… I’ll be back again next year J

Two Websites Worth Visiting

Great news for the Tapping Into Creativity newsletter is that we’ve been featured on a fantastic site – Creativity Portal. This is a Portal in the true sense, bringing together a huge variety of creative resources, and also features a great monthly newsletter that’s worth subscribing to.
You’ll find the link to our newsletter here, and we’ve already had some traffic – Hello to all our international readers!

And another great idea is Dream Big. It’s an O-Magazine initiative, giving South Africans a chance to put our most inspiring dreams into action – for ourselves, people we know, or our communities. A little assistance like this goes a long way, and I’ll certainly be submitting my big idea…

Free Creative Business e-Book

I recently came across an excellent free e-book for Creative businesses, T-Shirts and Suits – A Guide to the Business of Creativity.

An experienced consultant to creative enterprises, David Parrish combines sound business advice with an understanding of the creative mind, and also includes examples of real world successes. Highly recommended – even if you aren’t planning a business J

Gift Ideas – 6 Great Creativity Books

Whether you’re treating yourself or a friend, if you’re looking for a good creative gift, here are some of the books that I have found inspiring in focusing and developing creativity and originality:

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron 1992 – A timeless classic, now republished in workbook format
The Vein of Gold – Julia Cameron 1996 – An excellent follow-on from The Artist’s Way
Keys to Drawing with Imagination – Bert Dodson 2007 – Brilliant ideas for bringing imagination to drawing
The New Creative Artist – Nita Leland 2006 – Experiments with themes in paint and drawing media
The 10 Faces of Innovation – Tom Kelly 2006 – Excellent introduction to recognizing and developing innovation in a business environment
Purple Cow – Seth Godin 2002 Marketing focused book on finding your distinctive, “remarkable” identity